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Did you know singing improves the emotional development of a child? Singing has an array of benefits, and some are not as obvious as you would think. Do you know the benefits of singing for children: improving the mental health of your child through music? Did you know music and singing have become a handy educational tool during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns? Teachers are relying on music to engage younger students that are not used to learning online.   The Benefits of Singing for Children.   1. Easy Engagement Children don’t need much encouragement to play, and singing often falls into the category of ‘play’ for most children. It comes very naturally to most children. Singing can help them engage with friends allowing for opportunities to express themselves and use their vocabulary creatively.  Singing is a great way to encourage storytelling, build a small child’s memory of important information, i.e. “Heads and shoulders, knees and toes”,  and even talk about their feelings, i.e. “If You’re Happy and You Know it Clap Your Hands”.    2. Self-Expression Self-expression is crucial to a child’s development and growth. Through singing and songwriting, children can experience: Social cohesion Build confidence Engage in a creative form of self-expression Develop resilience Engaging in the simple practice of

Lisa Forsythe

Teacher, mum and author of Simple Activities for Toddlers: A Practical Play-At-Home Handbook for Parents.